|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 65th district
January 16, 1998
|Preceded by||John Watkins|
|Born||Robert Lee Ware, Jr.
August 20, 1952
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Kathleen Annette Nulton|
|Children||Karen Chandler, Robby Ware, Thomas Ware, Jeb Ware|
|Residence||Powhatan County, Virginia|
|Alma mater||Wheaton College
Virginia Commonwealth University
Robert Lee Ware, Jr. (born August 20, 1952) is an American politician. Since 1998 he has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 65th district west of Richmond, made up of Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield, Fluvanna and Goochland Counties. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Ware has served on the House committees on Agriculture (1998–2001), Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (2002–), Claims (1998–1999), Commerce and Labor (2002–), Conservation and Natural Resources (1998–2001), Corporations, Insurance and Banking (1998–2001), Finance (2001–), Militia and Police (2000–2001), Militia, Police and Public Safety (2002–2003), Mining and Mineral Resources (1998–2000), and Rules (2010–).
Early life, education, career
Ware taught history and government at Powhatan High School for 15 years. He later taught at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Academy. In 2012 he became academic dean of Benedictine College Preparatory School.
Chairman of Natural Resources Subcommittee
Delegate Ware is also on the House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources and is the Chairman for the Natural Resources Subcommittee. Delegate Ware has been the Chairman of the Committee since 2004 and during that tenure participation on the committee has dropped from 10 members down to 7. The Vice Chair position has been left unappointed for the committee.
After the 2013 General Assembly in which Delegate Lee Ware's Natural Resources Committee suppressed many compromise Sunday hunting bills Roanoke College performed an independent survey that shows there is more in favor of Sunday hunting than are opposed. The independent survey asked the following question resulting these responses.
32. Current state law prohibits hunting on Sunday. Do you favor or oppose allowing hunters to hunt on Sundays?
Favor 48% Oppose 39% Unsure 7% Don’t know/No answer 6%
There are multiple scientific studies in recent years which have repeatedly shown that Delegate Lee Ware and the Republican party is on the wrong side of democracy and the will of the people on this issue. Virginians and Virginia's hunting community support Sunday hunting. 2012 Quinnipiac Poll - Voters also back 48 - 40 percent lifting the current prohibition on Sunday hunting on private land. The issue shows substantial partisan split as Republicans back Sunday hunting 53 - 39 percent, as do independent voters 50 - 38 percent. Democrats disagree 48 - 37 percent. Men like the idea 53 - 34 percent, while women disagree 46 - 43 percent. 
2007 VDGIF Report A SUMMARY OF VIRGINIA HUNTERS’ OPINIONS ON SUNDAY HUNTING The 2006 survey results indicate that 53% of all responding hunters said they Strongly Supported Sunday Hunting in Virginia, compared to 28.5% who said they were Strongly Opposed. This question was measured on a seven point scale (1=Strongly Oppose, 4=Neither oppose nor support, 7=Strongly Support). When the categories were combined, 62% of responding hunters indicated some level of support for Sunday hunting compared to 34% who were opposed. 
"Delegate Lee Ware doesn't believe that he is harming the future of hunting of Virginia - one of only seven states with an outright ban on sunday hunting. He probably doesn't know (even though the NRA has reported on it several times) that Virginia is one of the few states that are not gaining hunters, and in fact, Virginia is suffering approximately a 3% attrition rate for hunting license sales - one of the worst in the nation. All this while moms and dads shuttle kids around on Saturdays, and on Sundays, have to fumble for an answer when their kids ask, "Why can't we go hunting after church, but we can go fishing and target shooting and bike riding?" 
Additionally, at the behest of a few of his constituents and all of his campaign contributors, his actions in maintaining the Sunday Hunting ban cost the Commonwealth approximately 4,000 jobs and nearly 300 million in revenues annually. Numbers that would likely increase significantly over time if the decision to hunt, or allow hunting was placed back in the hands of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
During the debate on February 1, 2012  in the Powhatan Today opinion section Delegate Ware expressed his concern over the dangers surrounding hunting activities in these quotes. “Bullets travel without regard to property lines—and so do shotgun pellets or slugs or even arrows from powerful-enough bows. And always, for an unsuspecting equestrian, there is the peril of encountering a hunter who misconstrues a horse—or a person—for a deer or any other game.” “Equestrians, hikers, bikers, picnickers, bird-watchers, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers: all of these wish, too, to enjoy Virginia’s great outdoors, often on Sunday—and they wish to do so without the threat inevitably posed by the presence of rifle- or shotgun-toting hunters.”
On December 17, 1997, state Senator Joseph Benedetti resigned his seat to accept Governor-elect Jim Gilmore's offer to become head of the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. 65th district Delegate John Watkins was chosen to succeed Benedetti in a special election on January 6, 1998. On January 13, the day before the Virginia General Assembly convened, Ware won a special election to replace Watkins. He was sworn in three days later.
|Virginia House of Delegates, 65th district|
|Jan 13, 1998||Special||R. Lee Ware, Jr.||Republican||7,479||65.42|
|Edward B. Barber||Democratic||3,550||31.05|
|Jeffrey M. Keegan||396||3.46|
|John Watkins was elected to the Senate; seat stayed Republican|
|Nov 2, 1999||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||10,183||77.07|
|T R Belton||3,016||22.83|
|Nov 6, 2001||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||18,851||74.93|
|C K Lowrie||Democratic||5,802||23.06|
|J H Girardeau III||Libertarian||498||1.98|
|Nov 4, 2003||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||10,131||75.12|
|R E Williams||Democratic||3,351||24.85|
|Nov 8, 2005||General||R L Ware Jr||Republican||23,851||96.88|
|Nov 6, 2007||General||R. Lee Ware Jr.||Republican||14,944||98.02|
|Nov 3, 2009||General||R. Lee Ware Jr.||Republican||21,887||71.46|
|Gary R. Reinhardt||8,682||28.34|
|Nov 8, 2011||General||R. Lee Ware Jr.||Republican||14,991||97.59|
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- "Legislative Information System". Virginia General Assembly. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Delegate Lee Ware ... a Biography ...". Virginia Delegate Lee Ware, 65th District. 2009. Retrieved 2013-06-17. (campaign website)
- Odor, Ken (2013-04-22). "Former Goochland Board of Supervisors chairman to run against Ware for House of Delegates". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Composition of the House AG Subcommittee".
- "Sunday hunting bills ... proponents speak out".
- "Virginia Lawmakers Preserve Ban on Sunday Hunting 2012".
- "Roanoke College Independent Scientific Poll Regarding 2013 General Assembly Issues".
- "2012 Quinnipiac Post General Assembly Poll".
- "A SUMMARY OF VIRGINIA HUNTERS’ OPINIONS ON SUNDAY HUNTING".
- "Virginia Delegate Lee Ware - Unknowing Ally in the Effort to End Hunting".
- "Economic Impact of Sunday Hunting - Study".
- "Election Results- Jan 6 1998 Special Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Election Results- Jan 13 1998 Special Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Election Results - House of Delegates - Nov 1999 Gen Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "General Election- November 6, 2001". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "General Election- November 4, 2003". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "General Election- November 8, 2005". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "November 6, 2007 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "November 2009 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "November 2011 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- "Lee Ware". Virginia Public Access Project. (campaign finance)
- "Delegate Lee Ware (R-Powhatan)". Richmond Sunlight.
- "Election Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.